This is PULSE, a 3D-printed pendant, or wearable device that pulses or vibrates when the wearer’s hands are approaching his/her face. It’s geared at lessening the spread of COVID-19, which is easily transmitted via the mucus membranes – the nose, eyes, and mouth, the entryways for infection.
A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) partnered up with Ava Robotics and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to design a germ-killing robot that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of COVID-19.
On average, people unconsciously touch their faces 23 times per hour, yet many might not realize that this unconscious behavior could put them at risk of catching COVID-19 through mucous membranes – the mouth, nose, and eyes. That’s why germ-conscious, wearable product designers, developed Immutouch, a smartband that vibrates every time you touch your face.
A gym in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles is reopening post-COVID-19, but it won’t look the same as it once did before the lockdown. Inspire South Bay Fitness has received a Coronavirus-preventing “make-over” and now requires its clients to sanitize their hands, have their temperature taken, sign a waiver, and be assigned to an individual “exercise pod.”
In a post-COVID-19 world, the fear of transmitting potentially deadly germs is still at the forefront of our minds. Yet with these valid concerns comes innovation – case in point, touchless technology. With more hygiene-conscious consumers than ever, there has been a surge in touchless technology and an interest in self-lifting and self-cleaning toilets.
Doctors at the University of Michigan discovered an antibody-drug that could significantly reduce the chance of death of COVID-19 patients who are on a ventilator, according to the MIT Technology Review. Given the grim statistics, that more than half of COVID-19 patients will die on a ventilator, this drug could be a vital turning point for those fighting for their lives.
When COVID-19 hit and there was a shortage of face masks worldwide, researchers at the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia took the initiative to design their own N95 mask. Not only can it be entirely sourced in Canada and made from Canadian trees, but it could potentially be “the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask.”
When Coronavirus hit, the amazing capabilities of electroceutical fabrics came to mind for Chandan Sen, a surgeon, and director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at Indiana University. This powerful electroceutical wound healing dressing is capable of dismantling bacterial and fungal infections and incapacitating viruses, such as COVID-19.
This is the ThinkLabs One Digital Stethoscope by Colorado-based ThinkLabs Medical LLC. It’s a tiny yet powerful stethoscope that enables doctors to listen to the heart and the lungs from another room – either via headphones/earbuds or a speaker. ThinkLabs One has been crucial for medical staff amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
To prevent the transmission of coronavirus, SK Telecom (SKT) and Omron Electronics Korea partnered up to develop a self-driving disinfecting robot that autonomously monitors activities – from contactless temperature checks, ensuring that face masks are worn to dispensing hand sanitizer. It even sets off an alarm if someone is suspected of carrying COVID-19.